2011 Musjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa .
Hazrat Moulana Dawood Seedat Saheb (DB)
Above transcript extracted from Haz. Mol. Dawood Seedat Saheb's Jumu'ah Lecture on 20 June 2014. Should you wish to listen to the full programme, download the MP3 audio file from HERE
Give the world cup the boot in Ramadaan Shareef
“ And of mankind is he who purchases idle talks (i.e.music, singing, etc.) to mislead (men) from the Path of Allah without knowledge, and takes it (the Path of Allah, the Verses of the Qur'an) by way of mockery. For such there will be a humiliating torment (in the Hell-fire).” Surah Luqmaan, verse 6
The above ayat relates to a person named Nazr bin Harith who disliked deen and the dawat of Nabi (Salallahualaihiwasalam) to the extent that he traveled distant lands to attain fables of the Roman and Persian kings to relate to his people to take the attention of the people away from the Quraan Shareef. He then went a step further by bringing forth a beautiful slave girl, with a melodious voice, to enthrall the people with the recitation of these fables or stories. His plot was to take people away from the gatherings where the Quraan Shareef was being recited.
This is surely reminiscent of our plight today where we have been deceived by the plot of the allies of shaythaan. The plot of the agents of shaythaan like Nazr bin Harith, in the time of Nabi (Salallahualaihiwasalam), and the various agents in our time; FIFA, Hollywood, Bollywood and the various sporting bodies to name but a few, remain the same and that is to take the believers away from the remembrance of Allah Ta’ala.
If we ponder over this ayat in relation to the current World Cup event in Brazil, we will find a stark similarity. The agents of shaythaan are literally at play. Nazr had dancing girls, today there are half naked men dancing around a field kicking a ball. We need to ask ourselves what is so special about this. Our little sons are more than capable of doing the same thing, so why don’t we get enthralled by them. It is surely the other haraam that is associated with the television viewing that is appealing to us, the music, ladies and the hype that has been created by the agents of shaythaan regarding this event.
Keeping this in mind, we need to ask ourselves where our priorities will lie when Ramadhaan commences. Will we give these agents of shaythaan our attention for ninety minutes or will we rather spend that time fruitfully, attaining the special mercies and barakat of Allah Ta’ala by reciting the Quraan Shareef? When the taraweeh salaat is on will we choose to listen to the speech of Allah Ta’ala or will we choose to watch a match that has absolutely no bearing on our lives?
If we have the time to watch a match, should we not rather spend that time reading Allah Ta’alas kalaam. The kuffaar are saying it is the month of the world cup, Allah Ta’ala is saying it is the month of Quraan Shareef. What are we going to choose? Remember Allah Ta’ala is watching us. We will have to answer to Allah Ta’ala.
“Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred, the wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you fear a decline, and the dwellings in which you delight ... are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger, and striving hard and fighting in His Cause , then wait until Allah brings about His Decision (torment). And Allah guides not the people who are Al-Fasiqun (the rebellious, disobedient to Allah).” Surah Thaubah, verse 24
In the above ayat it is understood that when the ummat will give preference to eight things the azaab of Allah Ta’ala will soon be forthcoming. If our parents, children, brothers, spouses, family members, the wealth we have amassed, our businesses or our homes become more beloved to us than Allah Ta’ala, Nabi (Salallahualaihiwasalam) and striving in the path of Allah Ta’ala then we should wait for Allah Ta’alas command. If this is the order regarding those things that we are commanded to adhere to, that is maintaining family ties, earning our rozi and taking care of our families, and necessities, then what is the position of that unfortunate person who gives preference to sportsmen running around a sports field over the Quraan Shareef?